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Driven Car Reviews

The New York Times automotive contributor Tom Voelk looks at all things automotive. Driven is the first podcast to ever win an Emmy Award. That and nearly unanimous 5 star reviews are a good sign this is worth your time. Subscribe today!


Jan 5, 2023

It’s quicker, handles better, delivers up to 57 miles per gallon and you won’t feel the need to drive wearing a disguise. The 2023 Toyota Prius is better in almost every way and not by just a small amount. And the svelte design language is something you’ll see more of out of Toyota. Tom Voelk travels to San Diego,...


Jan 1, 2023

I get to drive a lot of vehicles, some 80 in 2022. These 11 are the ones that I think are worth looking at, the cars and trucks that are a great combination of value, features, design and capability. The ground rules- each one needs to be less than $100K or so reasonably optioned (that means no GMC Hummer EV or...


Jan 1, 2023

Three-row SUVs and crossovers offer families loads of flexibility and space. That’s great, until it’s time to fuel up. The all-wheel drive Toyota Highland Hybrid is rated by the EPA to get 35 miles per gallon in both city and highway driving. Does it? Tom Voelk takes a Bronze Edition model round trip from Seattle,...


Dec 12, 2022

The second-generation Kia Niro can be had as a fully electric vehicle with a solid range of 253 miles. It’s got style to put a smile on your face when walking up to it. And it’s a practical hatchback (though the Kia marketing team wants you to see it as an SUV). But no car is perfect and Niro is up against cars that...